Fasting – why bother?

Is it expected by Jesus that we should fast? Is it a requirement for His church to ‘fast?’ If so, why should we fast? Why does Jesus in Mark 2:19-20, say this in response to a question of why His disciples were not fasting: – 19 Jesus replied, “Do wedding guests fast while celebrating with the groom? […]

Fasting – Biblical or Hype

Every Lent we go through the same rigmarole of looking at biblical scriptures and reflecting on the cross. This Lent let us examine the state of our hearts.Psalm 35:13 “But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into my own bosom.”Fasting […]

Jesus – “I will build My church.”

In the book of Matthew 16, Jesus says in response to the revelation by Peter that He is the Christ, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.  And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock, I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not […]

Blind Faith…

In the Gospel of John, we read of an account of a ‘blind man’ from the day of his birth. We read that Jesus did not lay His hands upon the eyes of the man and say “be healed” – He did something quite different. We read from chapter 9 verses 6 and 7, “Then […]

The ‘Fast’ way to victory

The book of Esther is a most intriguing book of the Old Testament. Esther – meaning ‘secret/hidden’ – does indeed have many hidden patterns of the outworkings of God and His Word, the Bible. The story of Esther starts with a ‘seven’ day period in a garden and Queen Vashti disobeying an order. After which […]

The Proposal 2 – “Esther, Bride of the King”

From the story of Esther in the Old Testament, we see a story of a young woman being chosen from many to be Queen. We then read later in Chapter 4, how Queen Esther used her position as the Bride of the King in saving her people the Jews. It is a very interesting and […]

The Proposal

In the book of John, chapter 3(v29-30), John the Baptist declares, “The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore, this joy of mine is now complete. He must increase, but I must decrease.” Jesus? The “bridegroom?” Yes indeed, throughout His […]

Save the Date!

In the Old Testament, we see God outlining to His people the ‘Appointed’ festivals that must be observed. God is very clear in His Word about the importance of observing these festivals and assemblies to remember the time of their escape from Egypt and their slavery! In observing these festivals, they would recall the miraculous […]

“Drawing close to God”

In the book of James, chapter 4 verse 8, James simply says – “draw near to God and He will draw near to you”. It is a simple but profound sentence. But for God by His Spirit to draw ‘near to you’ – it requires an action from us, namely, to draw near to God! […]

A pause before the Sabbath.

When Jesus entered the Synagogue in Nazareth, he was handed the scroll of the prophet Isaiah to read. Jesus found the passage where it starts with “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,…” and closes with the first part (what we now call chapter 61 verse2) “…to proclaim the year of the Lord’s […]